Fall bloom

Rodger Whitlock totototo@mail.pacificcoast.net
Fri, 12 Sep 2003 12:36:25 PDT
On  9 Sep 03 at 10:15, Jane McGary wrote:

> After an unusually hot, dry summer... Cyclamen hederifolium looks
> a bit unhappy; it is flowering as usual, but the flowers are not as
> "plump" as I'd expect. The first rain since the beginning of July
> fell yesterday, though, so I hope they will fatten up... 

One of the late, great gardeners of Vancouver Island, Dorothy Shaw, 
used to have legnedary plantings of cyclamen at her place on 
Quamichan Lake. I have been told by her one-time gardener that it was 
her practice to soak the cyclamen beds once a month during the 

I have a funny idea that while cyclamen will survive drought, they 
prefer to have a certain degree of moisture present in the soil. 

She also top dressed her cyclamen with generous amounts of farm 

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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